National Deworming Programme
Jaipur, October 1. Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma said that all children aged one to 19 years in the State will be administered deworming tablets albendazole by anganwari workers and ANMs from October 5 to 11. The deworming medicines will be given at all anganwari centres, sub centres and urban health centres.
Dr Sharma has directed all the Chief Medical and Health Officers to ensure compliance of all the guidelines for prevention of corona infection while administering deworming tablets. He has appealed to all parents and guardians to positively take their children to the nearest anganwari centres, sub-centres or urban primary health centres to administer deworming medicine adhering to the corona safety guidelines.
The Health Minister propounded the need for active support of the Health, Education and Integrated Child Development Services departments for the successful implementation of the National Deworming Programme. Directions have been given to ensure supply of medicines at all the places. He said that as children are not coming to schools and anganwaris due to COVID-19 therefore this programme will be observed through anganwari centres, sub-centres and urban health centres. Local ASHA Sahayoginis will bring the children by motivating them to these centres for the deworming medicines.
NHM Mission Director Shri Naresh Thakral said that worm infection in children is a leading public health problem. It also affects the physical and mental development of the children. There is also a risk of anaemia and malnutrition. Regular deworming can contribute to their physical and mental development by eliminating worm infection in children and adolescents. He said that this drug is approved by the World Health Organisation, which is used to prevent intestinal worm infections in children. In some cases, children may experience mild abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea and fatigue. These side effects are usually temporary and can be easily handled. Arrangements have been made to manage any adverse events during the National Deworming Programme.